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2009 House Bill 5127: Impose farm animal care regulations

Public Act 117 of 2009

Introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson (D) on June 23, 2009
To impose and enforce farm animal care regulations on agricultural producers, and impose fees on farms sufficient to pay for this new regulatory regime. At first the regulations would be those created by producer organizations, but the Department of Agriculture would have the power to create and enforce its own. The department would be empowered to impose a “a progressive enforcement mechanism” on violators to bring about compliance.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Agriculture Committee on June 23, 2009
Reported in the House on August 4, 2009
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on September 16, 2009
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details of the proposed regulations, enforcement provisions, and phase-in timetable. This version was subsequently superseded by another substitute with more changes.
The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 16, 2009
Substitute offered by Rep. Mike Simpson (D) on September 16, 2009
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details of the proposed regulations, enforcement provisions, and phase-in timetable.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 16, 2009
Passed 87 to 20 in the House on September 16, 2009.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To impose and enforce farm animal care regulations on agricultural producers, and impose fees on farms sufficient to pay for this new regulatory regime. The bill would phase in a prohibition on tethering or confining any pregnant pigs, egg-laying hens, or veal calves for all or the majority of any day in a manner that prevented the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs, or turning around freely. The legislature acted because animal rights organizations threatened to gather signatures and place on the ballot an initiative imposing much more draconian regulations on producers.
Received in the Senate on September 17, 2009
Referred to the Senate Agriculture and Bioeconomy Committee on September 17, 2009
Reported in the Senate on September 25, 2009
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on September 30, 2009
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details of the proposed regulations, enforcement provisions, and phase-in timetable.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 30, 2009
Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on September 30, 2009.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To impose and enforce farm animal care regulations on agricultural producers, and impose fees on farms sufficient to pay for this new regulatory regime. The bill would phase in a prohibition on tethering or confining any pregnant pigs ("gestating sow"), egg-laying hens, or veal calves for all or the majority of any day in a manner that prevented the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs, or turning around freely. The legislature acted because animal rights organizations threatened to gather signatures and place on the ballot an initiative imposing much more draconian regulations on producers.
Received in the House on September 30, 2009
Passed 86 to 22 in the House on October 1, 2009.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on October 12, 2009

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